Effects of We-ness and Cheong on Chinese Students’ Life Satisfaction and Adaptation to University Life: Chemyon as a Mediator
AUTHOR : 남순현
INFORMATION : page. 21~40 / 2021 Vol.28 No.3
The aim of this study is to examine the mediating effects of chemyon (social face, 體面) when we-ness and cheong (affection, 情) influence Chinese students’ adaptation to university life and life satisfaction. The study was conducted with 385 Chinese students in South Korea from November 2019 to February 2020 using purposive sampling methods. Structural equation modeling (SEM) using AMOS 22.0 showed the following results. We-ness negatively affected university adaptation, yet positively affected life satisfaction. There were no indirect effects of chemyon on university adaptation and life satisfaction. Cheong did not have a significant effect on university adaptation and life satisfaction. Human tenderness and caring about others’ cheong were shown to be a completely mediated effect on university life adaptation. In this research, we-ness among Chinese students is an important concept that leads to enhanced life quality, and chemyon implies national pride in terms of representing China when adapting to life in South Korean universities. Thus, this research suggests that counselors should understand and consider the indigenous emotions pertaining to each country when counseling international students.